Wednesday, May 1, 2013
With Ichishima Shoshin
On the left is Ichishima Shoshin, the great Tendai Scholar/priest, emeritus professor at Taisho University, reader and speaker (along with English) of Tibetan and the Gupta-era Sanskrit script known as Shiddam. I stayed at his sub-temple Tamon-in alone for two weeks, while he would drive a half-hour from his main temple of Senzo-ji and spend 2-3 hours each day on my proposed English version of the manual for the fire-offering ceremony called 'goma'. Behind us in the photo is a very beautiful Amitabha statue which was restored after being severely damaged in the earthquake of 2011.